The gunman who killed at least six people at a popular Florida beach resort was a mentally ill man with “mental illness” who reportedly had “mental health issues” before the shooting spree, according to authorities.
The gunman, identified as Dontre Hamilton, was killed by police after a standoff with officers, according the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Police say Hamilton shot and killed his mother, wife and two sons before he was killed.
“Hamilton was a psychotic individual who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia,” the Florida State Attorney’s Office said in a statement.
“He had a history of mental health issues prior to his arrest.”
“He was a known gang member, who was known to police,” the statement continued.
In a statement on Monday, the Florida Office of the Attorney General said that Hamilton “had a history involving mental health problems and was not currently a resident of the state.” “
A psychiatric evaluation confirmed Hamilton’s current condition.”
In a statement on Monday, the Florida Office of the Attorney General said that Hamilton “had a history involving mental health problems and was not currently a resident of the state.”
The state has no information on Hamilton’s mental health, the office said.
Hamilton had been detained in a mental health facility for several weeks, the statement said.
The Florida Department for Children and Families confirmed that Hamilton had not been in the facility for a long time.
The agency said it is reviewing the department’s handling of Hamilton’s case.
Florida officials have been under pressure from the state legislature to expand mental health services to the general public since the shooting at a music festival in July.
Lawmakers have called for more treatment for mentally ill people and are pushing to increase funding for community mental health clinics and increase the number of beds in the state’s mental hospitals.
A bill to do so was approved by Florida voters last November.
The bill would allow the state to pay for treatment for people who are deemed “unstable,” but it has been opposed by some mental health advocates who say that would unfairly burden the mentally ill.
A mental health organization, the Center for Behavioral Health Policy and Research, told CNNMoney on Monday that Hamilton’s condition “cannot be accurately diagnosed with the help of a psychiatrist.”
Hamilton’s mother told local TV station WPLG that her son was “a normal child.”
“My son was like any other child,” the mother, Kristy Hamilton, said.
“If you were to ask him, ‘Do you like to play sports?’
He’d say, ‘Yeah.’
But he’s just a normal child.
He’s just happy.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.